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The criminal justice system is on the brink of collapse

16 May 2024

9:50 PM

16 May 2024

9:50 PM

When a vast, complex system fails it first does so slowly, and then all at once. I fear that the justice system in England and Wales is about to collapse. The prisons are effectively full. An average of 1,362 more people are imprisoned each week. What will happen when there’s no room for them?

Last week the government announced that prisoners would be released 70 days early, hoping this would hold off disaster.

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